How fervently humans hold their grudges, the petty offences we’ve deemed so important. How proudly we display them through spiteful speech and action like badges of woes pinned sharply to our lapel. How tightly we clutch the “he-did-this” or “she-did-that” accounts of wrongs against us. How dare they! Note: I, too, have been guilty as charged. With that in mind, we’ll begin this article with a line from a book that a fellow blogger suggested that I might enjoy:
“We differ from others
–from criminals, for example–
only in what we do or don’t do, not in what we are.”Awareness. by Anthony De Mello
Do those words–and the power contained within them–not strike us in the breastbone of our Being? Is Mr. or Mrs. Ego staggering from the punch? This short line begs us to ask the following: “How am I seeing?” Am I seeing with understanding born of the heart–from Truth, or am I seeing through the eyes of the petty little ego; the guy or gal who’s often so quick to judge; or reluctant–perhaps unwilling–to forgive?
It’s been stated that individuals who strike out against us personally, or collectively in society, are actually the ones most in need of love. This is perfectly logical. Why? Because such individuals are so far removed from their own knowing of love for themselves. For what other reason would they hate as much? How can we possibly give to another that which we, ourselves, do not possess? We must also remember to extend the same loving forgiveness to our own “self;” for until we do, the healing is not complete.
All waves are identical in nature as the One Ocean in which they are immersed. How could they ever truly be different? Each wave undoubtedly expresses itself differently in form–peaking here, like a saint; or crashing there, like a sinner; but each and every one is made of Ocean. We are THAT. When we see with the love of One Heart, we will know how to truly look upon this world and, thereby, raise It.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With deep love,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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6 thoughts on “All Our Petty Differences”
This is beautiful Art and a great quote to spark it off! I’m really pleased you found some value in his words. I completely agree – Those who are filled with hate are filled with suffering. Wishing you well, AP2 🙏
Hi AP2. I’m glad that you noticed the article. Thank you again for recommending the book. I thought of you this morning, as I’m very close to the end of “Emptiness Dancing” by Adyashanti. I highly recommend it. I believe it could deepen your “knowing.” I agree about those who are filled with hate or self loathing. They need love, and as much as it might seem challenging, who can give that but…us–all of us.
Wishing you well, too!
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Good timing Art. I just finished one book and was thinking about which to go for next. I will listen to the universe as you did and take it up. Thanks for the recommendation. AP2
That’s great. It is amazing how the Universe speaks to us. I have about five books on the go right now–including the last half of Awareness. You’re welcome about the recommendation. Please feel free to recommend again too!
Ah, such Truth. Thank you for graciously continuing to share with us such passion for the greater good of All.
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You’re welcome, Kelly! Thanks again for your kind comment. I hope the articles will be of interest and also inspire.